FAQs

GENERAL SUPPORT


  • How do I get Support?
    • iu-1For fastest results!!!!

      … follow this general process:

      1. Check out this FAQ section to see if your question has already been answered.
      2. Email us at support@dashboss.com or fill out the contact form HERE …
      3. If there are still unanswered questions, or you have information or questions that you don’t think are of general interest to the community, then please send us an email. If the situation is warranted, we will ask you for phone contact information and call you at your convenience.
      4. IF THERE IS AN ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO BE SOMETHING THAT NEEDS RECORDED FOR FIXING IN FUTURE PRODUCT RELEASES, be sure you have sent it in email to the support@dashboss.com address.
      5. Call us at the support number. This rings into our phone system and you may get voicemail (we are often out testing in vehicles). PLEASE leave a voice mail with a return number so we can make contact!
  • Minimum iOS and Apple Device Requirements
    • Category

      HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

      iOS version

      Tested with iOS versions  4.3, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1, 7.0, 7.1+, 7.2, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2   iOS 8.0 or later IS REQUIRED !  This is an Apple requirement (not DashBoss) for all App submissions since the rollout of iOS 10.  Apple will reject any submissions that support the older iOS/hardware versions.  This affects the HARDWARE requirement listed below.

      Hardware

      iPhone® with ARMv8 or later processor RUNNING iOS 8.0 or later which includes:

      • Phone® 4 (end of life)
      • iPhone® 4S
      • iPhone® 5
      • iPhone® 5S
      • iPhone® 5c
      • iPhone® 6
      • iPhone® 6 Plus
      • iPhone® 7
      • iPhone® 7 Plus

      iPad® with ARMv8 or later processor RUNNING iOS 8.0 or later which includes:

      • iPad®
      • iPad2®
      • New iPad® 3rd Gen (Retina display)
      • iPad Mini® (all generations)
      • iPad® 4th Gen (Lightning connector)
      • iPad® Air
      • iPad® Air 2
      • iPad® Pro 9.7″
      • iPad® Pro 12.9″

      iPod touch® with ARMv8 or later processor RUNNING iOS 8.0 or later (due to Apple reqs for the new 64bit iPhones and iPads) … which includes:

      • iPod touch® Gen 3 (only 32Gb and 64Gb models)
      • iPod touch® Gen 4
      • iPod touch® Gen 5
      • iPod touch® Gen 6

      **iPod touch® and iPad® WiFi will NOT HAVE GPS functions available, however “Location Services” if enabled may be used for approximate positioning.

      BlueTooth

      V2.0-2.1 certified minimum

      Table 1. iPhone®/iPod touch®/iPad® Requirements

       

      Category

      Value

      Operating Temperature
      -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C
      Storage Temperature
      -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C
      Operating Humidity
      <90%
      Storage Humidity
      <90%
      Input/Output Analog
      Two channels: 0-5 volts MAX
      Universal Serial Bus (USB)
      USB 2.0 compliant
      Vehicle Communication
      Controller Area Network (CAN) – 11bit and 29bit compliant, 500 kps, ISO 11898, ISO 15765, SAE J1978, SAE J1979
      Processor
      72 MHz ARM 32 bit RISC microprocessor
      Radio
      Radio USA FCC CFR47 Part 15 C, para 15.247FCC ID: T9J-R41-1
      EUROPE EN 300 328-1
      EN 300 328-2 2.4GHz
      CANADA IC RSS-210 low power comm. device
      IC Canada ID: 6514A-RN411
      EMC
      USA FCC CFR47 Part 15 subclass BEUROPE EN 55022 Class B radiated
      EN61000-4-2 ESD immunity
      EN61000-4-3 radiated field
      EN61000-4-6 RF immunity
      EN61000-4-8 power magnetic immunity
      BlueTooth
      LISTED B013180
      FCC Part 15CE Warning
      FCC WarningThe DashBoss Gateway has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These standards are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when these devices are operated in a residential environment. These devices generate, use, and can radiate radio frequency energy and may cause harmful interference to radio communications unless installed in accordance with this User’s Guide. However, there is no guarantee that intereference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is obligated to mitigate the interference at his or her own expense. The user is encouraged to try to correct any interefence by relocating the unit or consulting an expert radio or TV technician. The equipment compies with FCC radiation exposure limit set forth for uncontrolled Environment. Changes or modifications to this equipment not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance will void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. Any change to the equipment will void FCC grant.
      CE Mark Warning
      These are Class B products. In a domestic environment these products may cause radio interference in which case the user will need to consider adequate preventative methods.

      Table 2. Gateway Operating Specifications

  • QuickStart Guide
  • How do I contact you folks?
  • Updates?
    • There are two pieces to your DashBoss system … the free DashBoss App and the Gateway (the “hockey puck” that plugs into the vehicle). Gears_clip_art_hight

      To update the App, you can use Apple’s automatic App Store update feature like any other App on your iOS device.  You can also manually update or download from the App Store like any other App.  We try to push updates to the App Store every 2 months or so to be sure we keep abreast of iOS changes from Apple, as well bug fixes and “refreshes” for existing or new features.

      maclogoPClogoTo update the Gateway (firmware), we have a couple of Apps.  One for the Macintosh (which is an AppleScript) and the other is a Windows “Publish Once” App … both of which you can download from HERE

      film-iconThere are videos that walk through a typical firmware updating process HERE, and we recommend you watch those to see how the firmware upgrade works (pretty straight forward).

       

      Also, be aware that Internet Explorer and Windows 10 Edge browsers have some issues with Publish Once Apps (it has to do with how the components are configured in different OS rollouts).  If this is the case when you go to update, consider just doing the MANUAL UPDATE (click here).  It’s pretty straight forward

  • Do you have any downloadable instructions or documents?
  • How do I update DashBoss?
    • The App portion of DashBoss is part of the normal App Store ecosystem, so you will get notifications to update when a new version becomes available and you access the UPDATE portion of the App Store on your device.

      The gateway “dongle” that goes into the vehicle will rarely need any updates BUT that doesn’t mean it never needs updating.  The App on your iOS device is smart enough to retrieve the version number of the firmware (and it shows in the CONFIG section of the App when you are connected) and will display an Alert if your firmware is out of date.  All devices are shipped with the latest firmware as of the ship date but if you find the need to update, resources, downloads and instructions can be found here:

      FIRMWARE DOWNLOAD AND UPDATE

  • What’s new? Version History?
    • You can always get access to the latest Version history and general support resources by tapping the “I” on the HOME screen within the DashBoss App.  You can also view it at any time HERE

  • How do I run DashBoss on an iPad?
    • DashBoss runs fine on an iPad but Apple makes it a bit difficult to find it on the App Store because it is classified as an “iPhone” App.

      Short answer is go HERE to download it

      Long answer is:

      1.  Go to the APP STORE on your iPad
      2. Enter “dashboss” in the search box (upper right hand corner of the screen)
      3. It will return “no results” … SO tap the “iPad Only” in the upper left and change to “iPhone Only”
      4. Download and install

      SEE ALSO “CAN’T FIND DASHBOSS APP IN APP STORE” further down in this FAQ.

CONNECTIVITY


  • Connectivity Issues
    • Some people may have problems getting the DashBoss gateway to authenticate (two solid blue LEDs) .. this seems to happen most often with a brand new phone or after an iOS upgrade.  IF YOU ARE ATTEMPTING TO CONNECT AN iOS 10 DEVICE FOR THE FIRST TIME, PLEASE SEE THIS ADVISORY!

      Often times, if you COMPLETELY power down the phone/iPad/touch and then reboot (and plug/unplug the Gateway from the vehicle) it will clear up and work fine. That’s especially true with freshly updated devices OR new devices.

      If that doesn’t do the trick, here’s what we suggest to clear the problem:

      1. Power your iOS device COMPLETELY down. Hold the sleep button until you get the swipe dialog to power it off. Let it power completely down.
      2. Power the iOS device up
      3. Go to SETTINGS
      4. Go to BLUETOOTH
      5. TAP the “I” next to DASHBOSS in the device list
      6. Tap FORGET THIS DEVICE
      7. Go back to BLUETOOTH and now it should show DASHBOSS as “Not Paired” or “Disconnected”

      … now go through the Pairing (if necessary) and connection process just like it’s a “fresh” installation. It should pair back up and connect with TWO SOLID BLUE LEDS (after a period of them blinking), and when you open the App it should take 10-45 seconds to rescan the vehicle and then CONNECT.

      BE SURE TO ALLOW IT TO RESCAN THE VEHICLE (which might take a minute or so this first time).

  • Seems to “lose” parameters occasionally … especially after an AUTOCONNECT
    • This tends to be more prevalent on  ’03 and ’04 PowerStroke Fords because they DON’T report a VIN from the Factory calibration (like they are supposed to).  Because of that, we can get confused “guessing” and the settings file (that keeps track of which vehicles  you have connected to and what they support) gets scrambled.

      1. Unplug the Gateway from the vehicle
      2. On the iOS device that you want to auto connect, do a “FORGET THIS DEVICE” in the SETTINGS .. BLUETOOTH function for the Dashboss (tap the “i”)
      3. Turn BLUETOOTH OFF in SETTINGS and then BLUETOOTH on the iOS device
      4. TURN THE KEY ON OR START THE VEHICLE
      5. Plug the Gateway in
      6. Turn BLUETOOTH ON in SETTINGS and then BLUETOOTH on the iOS device
      7. Go to SETTINGS and then BLUETOOTH on the iOS device and PAIR to the Dashboss
      8. Once it PAIRs again, it may take one sleep/wakeup cycle to reset.
      9. Connect and when you get TWO BLUE LEDS SOLID, start the App
      10. Once it’s connects and you are up and running, the go to CONFIG
      11. Do a LEVEL 1 RESET and see if things magically start working again. BE SURE THE APP ISN’T RUNNING IN THE BACKGROUND after you do the reset and restart the App
      12. If NOT, go back and do a LEVEL 2 RESET (you’ll have to set up your gauges/digital readings again).  BE SURE THE APP ISN’T RUNNING IN THE BACKGROUND after you do the reset.
  • What is “LEVEL 1” or “LEVEL 2” RESET?
    • Occasionally, for whatever reason DashBoss may not get a “clean” initial scan of the vehicle or the settings may get reset (often as a result of an iOS upgrade or new release).  If this happens, often times we’ll recommend you do a “Level 1” reset or a “Level 2” reset.  This is referring to the options in the CONFIG screen.

      Level 1 – this deletes the settings and config files under the covers that have to do with remembering VIN numbers and vehicle parameters that it has been connected to.  It allows it to rescan a vehicle and redo these files without messing up your gauge settings or losing logs or anything.

      With the Level 1 reset, you can try that without unplugging the device and just doing the steps it lists when you choose Level 1.  BE SURE THE APP IS NOT RUNNING IN THE BACKGROUND!  To make sure this is not the case:

      • In iOS7 and later, double tap the home button (or if you use multi-gesture on an iPad, you can swipe UP with 3 fingers).  Swipe left to right until you find DashBoss.  Swipe UP on the DashBoss page shown and that should kill it.
      • In older iOS versions, double tap the home button and then scroll through the icon list at the bottom (which is now showing running Apps).  Find DashBoss and TAP AND HOLD until it starts “wiggling”.  Tap the minus sign (“-“) in the corner of the icon to kill it.
      • Unplug your gateway from the vehicle
      • Plug it back in (Key ON)
      • Go to SETTINGS>BLUETOOTH and tap on DASHBOSS to connect
      • WAIT FOR TWO SOLID BLUE LEDS BEFORE PROCEEDING (and being a fresh connection, this can take 10-15 seconds so be patient)
      • When you have two solid blue lights, fire  up the DashBoss App and WAIT FOR IT TO SCAN THE VEHICLE AND THEN GIVE YOU “CONNECTED TO VEHICLE” message.  Once you get that, you’re good to go.

      Level 2 – this basically nukes all the underlying settings and config files and sets everything back to “Factory”.  This will unfortunately reset your gauge setups and such, so we like to recommend you try a Level 1 first.

      If things are still screwed up, then it’s best to do a Level 2 AND make sure the gateway is all “fresh” while we’re at it.  This involves the following:

      • Fire up the DashBoss App on the iOS device and go to CONFIG
      • Choose “LEVEL 2” reset and then close the app (Home button)
      • Power your iOS device COMPLETELY down.  Hold the sleep button until you get the swipe dialog to power it off.
      • Power the iOS device up
      • Go to SETTINGS>BLUETOOTH
      • TAP the “I” next to DASHBOSS in the device list
      • Tap FORGET THIS DEVICE
      • Go back to BLUETOOTH and now it should show DASHBOSS as “Not Paired”
      • Tap “DASHBOSS” and let it go through the pairing process.  WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE TWO BLUE LIGHTS SOLID ON THE GATEWAY.  This may take a couple minutes, so be sure to wait
      • Fire up the DashBoss App and WAIT FOR IT TO COMPLETELY SCAN THE VEHICLE.  Don’t hit any buttons until you get the “VEHICLE CONNECTED” notice.

      That should give you a clean slate and things should be working at this point.

  • I’m not seeing the parameters I expect? How do I configure this thing?
    • DashBoss comes with a default set of parameters out of the box (mostly standard SAE/ISO things like RPM, coolant temp and the like).  These may not be what you want to see for your vehicle (especially if you have a diesel!  There are a lot of “gasser” parameters in the default set!).

      Here’s how you can set it up to see whatever you like!  You can set up the Digital Display view with 12 parameters and an ADDITIONAL 12 unique parameters can be set up for the gauges (Dash View)!

      First, be sure that you have successfully connected to the vehicle as shown in the quick start guide.

      Once you have the devices successfully connected to the vehicle, you need to configure it to see what you want to see … take a look at the graphic below for step by step!

      SETTING UP YOUR DASHBOSS TO VIEW PARAMETERS YOU WANT

      Printable Version

      Also, check following sources:

      VIDEO TUTORIALS 

      More complete demonstration of the major features 

      Ford PowerStroke parameter example   (be sure to see special note here:  Ford PS 6.0 VIN )[/b]

       

  • No lights and doesn’t power up?
    • Once in a while we run across a vehicle that has no power to the OBD2 port, which means the DashBoss cannot power up.  This is usually due to the OBD2 fuse being blown and in most of the major manufacturer’s vehicles this fuse is shared with the CIG LTR fuse or AUX PWR fuse.


      TESTING THE OBD2 PORT

      You can directly check the OBD2 port with a test light (12 volt) or a multimeter by touching the ground pin(s) 4 & 5  with the ground lead and pin 16 (power).  The test light should light and/or the multimeter should show ~11-13 volts.  If it DOES NOT, then try attaching the ground lead to a known chassis ground (like a screw in the door frame or dash).  If the light lights or multimeter shows voltage, then the ground is bad in the port.  If not, it is most likely the power pin is “dead” and it’s time to start looking at fuses.

      Alternatively, you can also plug the gateway into a USB port on any computer (unplugged from the OBD2 port) and the gateway SHOULD light up a yellow and red LED (next to the USB port on the gateway) and mount on the computer as a FLASH DRIVE.  This can be a quick indicator that the 12 volt or ground is bad in the OBD2 port if the unit powers up with USB then it would be worth it to check the OBD fuses again.


      The OBD2 port fuse is usually located under the hood, under the dash, or in the side of the dash in the fuse box and labeled as CIG, CIG/LTR, CIG/AUX, CIG/DLC, or CIG/OBD.  An example of a typical Silverado fuse box is shown here:

      Chevrolet Silverado (gas)2011-01-15_020935_under_hood_fuse_box_04_avalan.gif


      Your OWNERS MANUAL should have a diagram of your fuse box layout and the fuse positions/labels in the MAINTENANCE section.  The OBD related fuse is normally located in the “in-cab” fusebox under the driver’s side knee bolster OR in the side of the dashboard as you open the driver’s side door.  See below for a typical Silverado fuse box location:

       

      fusebox


      F250/350 PSD 6.0



      fuse panel

       

  • Connects to iPhone but lights go out shortly after …
    • zzzIf you are quick enough, you can get the Gateway to connect to your iOS device, even though the vehicle itself is either unsupported, key is off, or OBD port is faulty.

      What happens is the Gateway is awake as soon as you plug it in … it will talk to the iOS device establishing the bluetooth and encryption connection AT THE SAME TIME it is trying establish a connection with the vehicle.

      If the vehicle is not supported (i.e. not CAN or does some goofy non-standard stuff like a few of the European and early CAN Japanese makes), or the KEY is OFF, the Gateway will time out and go to “sleep” after about 30-45 seconds of trying. The “sleep” mode is an extremely low power mode to avoid battery drain and it shuts off the bluetooth radio module (which will kill the connection to the iOS device), shuts off all the LEDS, puts the CPU in a low power mode and puts the CAN transceiver in a low power mode.

  • Are there iOS 10 Connection problems?
    • NEW GATEWAY FIRMWARE IS REQUIRED FOR CONNECTIVITY TO iOS 10+!

      WE FOUND THE BUG … Apple made a pretty subtle change in the way the device acknowledges authentication and it was preventing it from completing successfully.  NEW FIRMWARE is available!  The new firmware is v1.70 and you will be able to update your device multiple ways from a MAC or PC as shown in the tutorials and the Downloads page.

      Be sure to do a “Forget This Device” in your bluetooth settings the first time you go to connect your newly installed firmware.  Usually, it’s not critical, but some devices need the “fresh start” to sync up properly.

      Thanks for everyone’s patience!

       

  • AUTOCONNECT when using more than one iOS device
    • DashBoss will AUTOCONNECT to only ONE DEVICE AT A TIME.  It remembers the DEVICE IT WAS FIRST CONNECTED AND AUTHENTICATED TO AFTER A POWER UP.

      Basically, after UNPLUGGING AND REPLUGGING the gateway, it will remember that device until you unplug and replug again and connect to a different device.

      To be sure it remembers the right device when switching devices:

      1. UNPLUG THE GATEWATE FROM THE VEHICLE.  Let it sit for 10-15 seconds to be sure it resets.
      2. Plug the gateway back into the vehicle (with key on or engine running)
      3. On the iOS device you want to autoconnect with … Go to SETTINGS
      4. Go to BLUETOOTH
      5. TAP  DASHBOSS in the device list
      6. Wait for it to say CONNECTED (One solid BLUE LED and the other will be blinking)
      7. Observe the two BLUE LEDS.  When BOTH ARE SOLID BLUE, the device is now remembering this iOS device for future autoconnect.

       

OPERATION


  • I can’t find the App on the App Store?
    • If you are using an iPad to search the App Store, the DashBoss App is in the “iPhone Only” category (since that’s what we were certified at, even though it runs fine on iPads, touches, and iPhones).

      To find it on an iPad …you can use several methods to find the App:

      1. Go to our Home Page http://www.dashboss.com … down in the lower right hand corner you’ll see the FREE DEMO and app store logo.  Click the App Store logo and it will take to the DashBoss app (the App is smart enough to ask if you don’t have a DashBoss gateway and then switch to demo mode)
      2. Alternatively, go to the App Store
      3. Tap on “Featured” with the star down in the bottom of menu bar
      4. In the search bar (top), type in DashBoss
      5. The search will return “no results” BUT you’ll see list of sort criteria along the top bar … it defaults to “iPad only” in the left most.  Change that to “iPhone only”
      6. It should show up now

      appstore

  • QuickStart Guide
  • Is DashBoss “locked” to a single vehicle?
    • Short Answer:

      No

      Long Answer:

      DashBoss scans any vehicle you plug it into for the VIN and uses that (and other lookups) to determine supported parameters for the vehicle.  It will ‘remember’ the parameters associated with a VIN so that upon AutoConnect it can come up and be useable as quickly as possible without having to rescan the vehicle, but there are no limits to how many vehicles you can use it with!

      Use it on your vehicles, vehicles in your family, your car club, your neighbor … wherever you need it!

  • I don’t see my VIN in the CONFIG display?
    • On certain vehicles (most notably 2003 and early 2004 Ford PowerStroke Diesels) no VIN was ever programmed into the ECU at the factory.  If that’s the case, we do some other queries and we CAN determine if it’s a PowerStroke and set the parameter list up accordingly.

      On some Japanese cars, the timing of the VIN response may result in a partial VIN being returned (or no VIN).  In those cases, we’ll show what we have caught and then the parameter list is set up for either the part we could decipher or defaults to a generic set of parameters.

  • Where do I get more complete examples of using DashBoss?
    • We have several video tutorials that cover DashBoss operation!

      Check out our Video Tutorial section:  Video Tutorials

TIPS AND TRICKS


  • Sample Drag Cooeficients
  • QuickStart Guide
  • Where do I get more complete examples of using DashBoss?
    • We have several video tutorials that cover DashBoss operation!

      Check out our Video Tutorial section:  Video Tutorials

  • What do the LEDs mean?
    • Behavior is slightly different for the new REV C hardware so, please see below.  You can tell by the SILVER STICKER on the bottom (black) piece of the gateway shell which will have a QR code and REV C.  If the silver sticker does NOT say REV C, you have a “classic” DashBoss.  Essentially it is the same except for a couple of subtle differences being:

      • You still need TWO SOLID BLUE LEDs when to ensure it is CONNECTED AND AUTHENTICATED.
      • Unlike the “classic” DashBoss, you will also see the RED LED lit when CONNECTED AND AUTHENTICATED … the key is still 2 solid BLUE LEDs.
      • DURING APP OPERATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE CAR you will see one of the BLUE LEDs flash about once per second (indicating data is transferring over bluetooth).  In “classic” DashBoss, this LED will NOT blink.

      As shown in the diagram for “Classic” DashBoss:

      LEDs
      FIRST GROUP

      1. YELLOW LED – Blinking when BT not connected and searching.  Solid/flickering when connected and data transferred between iPhone/touch/iPad and Gateway
      2. BLUE LED – off when BT not connected.  Blinking when connecting.  ON solid when connected.

      SECOND GROUP

      1. GREEN LED – flickering when connected to vehicle
      2. YELLOW LED – flickering when data passing between Gateway and iOS device
      3. RED LED – ON when authenticated and connected to iPhone/touch/iPad APPLICATION (*Dashboss has to be running on the iOS device *)
      4. BLUE LED – BLINKING when authenticating with iPhone/touch/iPad.  ON solid when authenticated to iPhone/touch/iPad.

OPTIONAL EXTERNAL SENSORS


  • QuickStart Guide
  • How do I hook up (optional) External Sensors to DashBoss?
  • What kind of external sensors can I use with DashBoss?
    • In general, any sensor (pressure, voltage, temperature, or even position) can be fed into the AUX inputs on the Dashboss Gateway (the little “pigtail”).  We sell an inexpensive connection kit that includes a prewired mating connector with about 8-12″ of “pigtail wires” to make it easy to splice in sensors.

      New and improved Connection Kit

      New and improved Connection Kit

      CONNECTION KIT

      Below is some accumulated information from all of us playing with inputs to the AUX connectors:

      EGT inputs

      A “raw” EGT K-Type thermocouple usually puts out a VERY tiny voltage (in the sub millivolt range a lot of times) and current (again, typically very tiny).  Because of this, there needs to be an amplifier box involved to convert/boost the signal to something usable.  Many data acquisition systems have dedicated inputs on their logging boxes that do this internal OR they require a external signal conditioner/amplifier.

      In the case of Dashboss, we need the amplifier box to boost/convert to 0-5V. We sell a complete solution for the EGT kit here:


      SINGLE CHANNEL EGT KIT

      Fuel Pressure/Oil Pressure/Air Pressure/General Pressure

      As far as fuel pressure, there’s a couple of nice industrial style multifuel/oil senders that work … as long as they output something in the 0-5v range and are FUEL/OIL RATED (important!), we’re good to go.  Here’s a list of a few:

      Again, we sell a nice industrial rated sensor with fuel/oil/gas (and air) compatibility with the wiring and weather pack connector:

      IMG_0646 10.09.40 AM
      PRESSURE TRANSDUCER 0-100 PSI

      NOTE:  You have to feed these transducers with 5Volts, which you should be able to tap into from the sensor reference voltage under the hood, at least in most vehicles I’ve dealt with.  On a lot of non-drive by wire gas vehicles, a lot of times you can get it from the TPS or from the ignition control feed to to the under hood sensors).

      Obviously, you can use these same sensors (in the appropriate pressure range) for anything you want … air (boost), brake pressure, transmission pump pressure, etc.

      VOLTAGE

      Any voltage producing device that is 0-5v (even the other sensor types if you want to just monitor a voltage instead of a converted output.  For example, you have a position sensor that reads 0-4.5 Volts … you can set it up in the CONFIG menus to show 0-100% OR to just read raw voltage if you want.

      POSITION

      The standard “old school” Throttle Position Sensor ACDelco 213-915 is a good example of something you can use to measure a 0-90 degree position (like for a valve opening or the swing of a flapper or even a suspension movement).  Nice thing about a sensor like this is 1) pretty cheap (~$30) 2) Simple 3 wire using standard water tight weatherpak connector … 5V in, GND and 0-5v output) 3) Sealed and hardened for harsh conditions and high temps.

      … and a connection kit from us which is the mating connector and about 6 inches of pigtail wire to make it easy to wire stuff up.

  • External Sensor Installation Tips and Tricks
    • Parts/Materials

      1.  EGT Kit (comes with probe and Amp)
      2.  Transducer
      3.  Connection Kit
      4.  Either the fuel pressure adapter (if you have have room from your fuel bowl to the radiator hose … on some trucks it’s too tight and will rub) OR the fuel pressure relocation kit (which comes with the adapter as part of it)
      5.  Probably 50 feet of wire total to run into the cab and attach to the Connection Kit (which plugs into the DashBoss)
      6.  Handful of either butt connectors or some shrink tubing if you want to solder connections
      7.  Some zip ties and electrical tape, just to help route wires around and make it neat

      Tools

      1.  Drill  (If  you have a nice thick iron manifold, you can discard the weld in bung that comes with the probe and just drill/tap a hole in the manifold.  The bung is for thin walled headers and down tubes that are usually thin walled stainless steel.)
      2.  1/8” NPT Tap (we sell a bit and tap kit if you don’t have access to one) if you have a thick walled manifold.  If you are mounting in a thin walled tube, then you’ll need a welder to weld the supplied bung into the tube.
      3.  Crimpers and/or soldering iron and solder
      4. Exacto knife or razor blade (comes in handy for making a notch in a grommet or trimming stuff)
      5. Wire cutters/strippers

      Notes

      1.  Make sure you power the TRANSDUCER with 5 VOLTS (** NOT 12 Volts**).  The web page gives some details for the Ford and good general info:  External Sensors CLICK HERE 
      2.  Using a wire from unbending a hanger and some electrical tape is a great way to fish wires through an existing grommet hole in the firewall.  Bend a really TIGHT loop in one end and jam it through the grommet (some times it helps to make little cut/slit with your exacto knife) and tape the wires in the loop and pull them through.
      3.  The EGT AMP doesn’t like to be disconnected from ground with power still applied so if you need to unplug it, be sure the key is off (and your 12 volt ignition source is off) before unplugging it OR you can ground it under the hood instead of through the connection kit plug.

VEHICLES


  • Supported Vehicles?
    • SUPPORTED VEHICLES (CLICK HERE)

      Generally, if the OBD2 port has pins 16 and 4 populated, the vehicle is supported OR if the vehicle model year is 2008 or later.  MANY vehicles are supported from 2004 onward, as the CAN standard was starting to be adopted.

      OBDII

       

  • What parameters are supported for my vehicle?
    • That’s one of those “it depends” type of questions.   The reason being that many manufacturers have an extensive list of “specific” or “extended” parameters that have to be decoded for each model/year/engine/trans combination.  Which boils down to the fact that sometimes even though your buddy’s car that is that exact same model and engine may not support the same list as yours because yours is a year newer or has a different transmission (for example).

      That said, most of the domestic manufacturers are pretty good at having a common range of parameters that span multiple years/models and you have a pretty good chance of having a bunch available to you.

      The foreign manufacturers tend to be very specific to a model/year/engine/trans combo sometimes … even to the point of them being totally different between models/years.

      We have an extensive list of (painfully) compiled extended parameters for MANY vehicles and are adding more as we find them.  The Ford, Dodge, Chrysler, GM family, Saturn, and Mazda 3s and Speed 3s are pretty well sorted out and we have most of the available parameters available for each make.  These are IN ADDITION to any supported in the SAE list included below (in many cases more than 50 additional)

      The Toyota parameters are much more spotty, as are any of the other Japanese manufactures (Honda, Acura, etc.).  Even so, they are pretty good at supporting a lot of the “standard” parameters.

  • Generic Parameters

DODGE/CHRYSLER/PLYMOUTH/JEEP


  • Available Dodge-Plymouth-Chrysler-Jeep Parameters
    • Available Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler/RAM/Jeep/Cummins parameters

      Long Name Group
      Trouble Codes DTCs
      Fuel System Status Engine Status
      Calculated Engine Load Engine Status
      Coolant Temp Engine Temperature
      Short Term Fuel Trim Bank 1 Engine Fuel
      Long Term Fuel Trim Bank 1 Engine Fuel
      Short Term Fuel Trim Bank 2 Engine Fuel
      Long Term Fuel Trim Bank 2 Engine Fuel
      Fuel Pressure Engine Fuel
      Intake Manifold Absolute Pressure Engine Air
      RPM Engine Status
      Vehicle Speed Vehicle Status
      Spark Advance Engine Ignition
      Intake Air Temperature Engine Temperature
      Mass Air Flow Sensor Engine Air
      Absolute Throttle Position Engine Status
      Secondary Air Status Engine Emissions
      O2 Locations Engine Emissions
      O2 Bank 1 Sensor 1 Engine Emissions
      O2 Bank 1 Sensor 2 Engine Emissions
      O2 Bank 1 Sensor 3 Engine Emissions
      O2 Bank 1 Sensor 4 Engine Emissions
      O2 Bank 2 Sensor 1 Engine Emissions
      O2 Bank 2 Sensor 2 Engine Emissions
      O2 Bank 2 Sensor 3 Engine Emissions
      O2 Bank 2 Sensor 4 Engine Emissions
      OBD Requirements Engine Emissions
      Alternate O2 Locations Engine Emissions
      Auxiliary Input Engine Emissions
      Run Time Since Engine Start Engine Status
      Distance with Malfunction Indicator Lamp ON Engine Status
      Vacuum Relative Fuel Rail Pressure Engine Fuel
      Fuel Pressure Direct Injection Engine Fuel
      WB O2 Sensor 1 Volts Engine Emissions
      WB O2 Sensor 2 Volts Engine Emissions
      WB O2 Sensor 3 Volts Engine Emissions
      WB O2 Sensor 4 Volts Engine Emissions
      WB O2 Sensor 5 Volts Engine Emissions
      WB O2 Sensor 6 Volts Engine Emissions
      WB O2 Sensor 7 Volts Engine Emissions
      WB O2 Sensor 8 Volts Engine Emissions
      Commanded EGR Engine Emissions
      EGR Error Engine Emissions
      Commanded Evaporative Purge Engine Fuel
      Fuel Level Vehicle Status
      Warm Ups since last DTC Clear Vehicle Status
      Distance since last DTC Clear Vehicle Status
      Evaporative System Pressure Engine Emissions
      Barometric Pressure Engine Air
      WB O2 Sensor 1 Heater Current Engine Emissions
      WB O2 Sensor 2 Heater Current Engine Emissions
      WB O2 Sensor 3 Heater Current Engine Emissions
      WB O2 Sensor 4 Heater Current Engine Emissions
      WB O2 Sensor 5 Heater Current Engine Emissions
      WB O2 Sensor 6 Heater Current Engine Emissions
      WB O2 Sensor 7 Heater Current Engine Emissions
      WB O2 Sensor 8 Heater Current Engine Emissions
      Catalytic Converter Temperature Bank 1 Sensor 1 Engine Emissions
      Catalytic Converter Temperature Bank 2 Sensor 1 Engine Emissions
      Catalytic Converter Temperature Bank 1 Sensor 2 Engine Emissions
      Catalytic Converter Temperature Bank 2 Sensor 2 Engine Emissions
      Monitor Status Engine Emissions
      Control Module Voltage (Battery Voltage) Engine Status
      Absolute Load Value Engine Status
      Commanded Equivalency Ratio Engine Fuel
      Relative TPS Engine Status
      Ambient Air Temperature Engine Temperature
      Absolute Throttle Position B Engine Status
      Absolute Throttle Position C Engine Status
      Absolute Pedal Position D Engine Status
      Absolute Pedal Position E Engine Status
      Absolute Pedal Position F Engine Status
      Commanded Throttle Position Engine Status
      Time Malfunction Indicator Lamp ON Engine Emissions
      Time Since Last DTC Clear Vehicle Status
      Type of Fuel Engine Fuel
      Alcohol % in Fuel Engine Fuel
      Absolute Evaporative System Vapor Pressure Engine Emissions
      Evaporative System Pressure Engine Emissions
      Short Term Fuel Trim auxiliary Engine Fuel
      Long Term Fuel Trim auxiliary Engine Fuel
      Absolute Fuel Pressure Engine Fuel
      Relative Accelerator Pedal Pos Engine Status
      Hybrid Battery Life Hybrid
      Engine Oil Temperature Engine Temperature
      Fuel Injection Timing Engine Fuel
      Fuel Rate Engine Fuel
      Driver Demand Engine Torque Engine Status
      Actual Engine Torque Engine Status
      Engine Reference Torque Engine Status
      WB O2 S1 Equivalency Ratio Engine Emissions
      WB O2 S2 Equivalency Ratio Engine Emissions
      WB O2 S3 Equivalency Ratio Engine Emissions
      WB O2 S4 Equivalency Ratio Engine Emissions
      WB O2 S5 Equivalency Ratio Engine Emissions
      WB O2 S6 Equivalency Ratio Engine Emissions
      WB O2 S7 Equivalency Ratio Engine Emissions
      WB O2 S8 Equivalency Ratio Engine Emissions
      Knock Sensor 1 Volts Engine Ignition
      Knock Sensor 2 Volts Engine Ignition
      Knock Retard Engine Ignition
      Multiple Displacement System (MDS) Status Engine Status
      Fuel Level Vehicle Status
      Oil Pressure Engine Status
      Throttle Blade Position Engine Status
      Current Gear Transmission
      Target Gear Transmission
      Transmission Temperature Transmission
      Turbine Speed Transmission
      Output Speed Transmission
      Transmission Oil Temp Transmission
      Input Shaft Speed 1 Transmission
      Input Shaft Speed 2 Transmission
      Turbine In Speed Transmission
      Truck Selected Gear Transmission
      Truck Output Shaft Speed Transmission
      Truck Transmission Temperature Transmission
      Truck Turbo Speed Engine Air
      Truck Est Turbo Speed Engine Air
      Truck Turbo Compressor Outlet Temp Engine Temperature
      Truck Turbo Compressor Inlet Temp Engine Temperature
      Fuel Pressure Voltage Engine Fuel
      Fuel Pressure Regulator Engine Fuel
      Boost Engine Air
      Knock Sensor 1 Volts Engine Ignition
      Knock Sensor 2 Volts Engine Ignition
      Knock Retard Engine Ignition
      Oil Pressure Engine Status
      Transmission Temperature Transmission
      Calculated Oil Temperature Engine Temperature
      Turbine Speed Transmission
      Output Speed Transmission
      ReGen Filter Load Engine Emissions
      ReGen Filter Trigger Engine Emissions
      Time Since Last ReGen Engine Emissions
      ReGen Status (Parked) Engine Emissions
      Total Complete ReGens Engine Emissions
      Total Desired ReGens Engine Emissions
      Incomplete ReGens Engine Emissions
      Trip Complete Regens Engine Emissions
      Trip Desired ReGens Engine Emissions
      Trip Incomplete ReGens Engine Emissions
      5.9 Diesel Transmission Temp Transmission
      5.9 Boost(g) Engine Emissions
      6.7 Soot Delta Pressure Engine Emissions
      6.7 Catalytic Converter Inlet Temp EGT #1 Engine Emissions
      6.7 Catalytic Converter Outlet Temp EGT #3 Engine Emissions
      6.7 Catalytic Converter NOx Temp EGT #2 Engine Emissions
      6.7 REGEN DeSoot Engine Emissions
      6.7 REGEN DeSOx Engine Emissions
      6.7 Time since REGEN started Engine Emissions
      6.7 Fuel Pressure Engine Fuel
      Knock Fuel Octane Engine Ignition
      Knock Short Term Engine Ignition
      Knock Long Term Engine Ignition
      Intake Air Pressure Engine Air
      Mass AirFlow Temperature Engine Temperature
      Common Rail Diesel Boost Engine Air
      Mass Airflow per Cylinder Engine Air
      Fuel Temperature Engine Temperature
      Engine Oil Temperature Engine Temperature
      Fuel Rail Pressure Engine Fuel
      Exhaust Gas Pressure Engine Emissions
      Pre Catalytic Converter Temperature Engine Emissions
      Post Catalytic Converter Temperature Engine Emissions
      Exhaust Differential Pressure Engine Emissions
      Ash Mass Load Common Rail Diesel Engine Emissions
      Soot Mass Engine Emissions
      Distance since REGEN Engine Emissions
      Particulate Load Engine Emissions
      LX Steering Angle Vehicle Status
      Brake Pressure Vehicle Status
      Transmission Temp Transmission
      Transmission Oil Pressure Transmission
      Transmission Output Shaft Speed Transmission
      Boost/Vacuum Engine Air
      Fuel Flow Engine Fuel
      Fuel Economy Vehicle Status
      Instant Power Vehicle Status
      (OEM) WB #1 AFR Engine Emissions
      (OEM) WB #2 AFR Engine Emissions
      Commanded AFR Engine Fuel
      Pressure Ratio Engine Air
      Boost PSI Engine Air
      Boost BAR Engine Air
      Boost kPa Engine Air
      Boost hPa Engine Air
      Port #1 AFR EXTERNAL WB sensor Engine Emissions
      Port #1 Lambda EXTERNAL WB sensor Engine Emissions
      Port #1 Eq Ratio EXTERNAL WB sensor Engine Emissions
      Port #2 AFR EXTERNAL WB sensor Engine Emissions
      Port #2 Lambda EXTERNAL WB sensor Engine Emissions
      Port #2 Eq Ratio EXTERNAL WB sensor Engine Emissions
      Instant Torque Vehicle Status
      Port #1 External Position Sensor Vehicle Status
      Port #2 External Position Sensor Vehicle Status
      Port #1 External Pressure Sensor Vehicle Status
      Port #2 External Pressure Sensor Vehicle Status
      Port #1 External Temperature Sensor Vehicle Status
      Port #2 External Temperature Sensor Vehicle Status
      Port #1 External Voltage Sensor Vehicle Status
      Port #2 External Voltage Sensor Vehicle Status

GENERAL MOTORS


FORD


  • Ford PowerStroke 6.0 Parameters
    • These parameters are generally available for 6.0 Power Stroke Diesels.  Some may show a few more/less parameters based on the year of the truck/and or calibration, but these are a good representation.

  • Available Ford Parameters
    • This is the “Master” list of all Ford (gas and diesel) parameters:

      Engine Oil Temperature
      Cylinder Head Temperature (CHT)
      Fuel Rail Pressure (FRP)
      Torque Converter Slip
      Accelerator Pedal Position (APP)
      Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT)
      Exhaust Temperature (EGT) Bank 1 Sensor 1
      Exhaust Temperature (EGT) Bank 1 Sensor 2
      Exhaust Temperature (EGT) Bank 1 Sensor 3
      Diesel Engine Oil Temperature (EOT)
      Injector Pulse Width (IPW)
      Boostg (MAP g Boost/Vac gauge)
      Knock Sensor 1
      Knock Sensor 2
      Transmission Temperature
      Transmission Input Shaft Speed
      Transmission Output Shaft Speed
      TCC Speed Ratio
      Torque Converter Slip
      Turbine Speed
      Fuel Temperature Rail B
      Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Regen (6.4)
      Transmission Temperature
      Variable Cam
      Desired Line Pressure
      Torque Control
      Intake Air Temperature (IAT) 2
      Injector Pulse Width (IPW)
      Transmission Torque Converter Lock Up
      Transmission Commanded Gear
      Mass Air Flow (MAF) Voltage
      WasteGate Duty Cycle
      VCT Intake Duty Cycle
      VCT Exhaust Duty Cycle
      Air Conditioning High Pressure Switch Status
      Injection Control Pressure (ICP)
      Fuel Rail Pressure Direct Injection
      Transmission Gear Position
      Fuel Tank Level
      Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) Voltage #1
      Cylinder Head Temperature (CHT)
      Current Gear
      Intake Air Temperature (IAT) 3
      Variable Cam Position Bank 1
      Knock Sensor 1
      Knock Sensor 2
      Transmission Gear Position
      Transmission Temperature
      Injection Pressure Regulator (IPR)
      Diesel Engine Oil Temperature (EOT)
      DPF Regeneration Status 6.7
      Exhaust Backpressure (ABSOLUTE)
      Wastegate Duty Cycle
      Variable Geometry Turbo Duty Cycle
      Torque Converter Clutch Duty Cycle
      Injection Control Pressure (ICP) Voltage
      Exhaust Temperature Pre Catalyst
      Exhaust Temperature Post Catalyst
      Exhaust Temperature Pre DPF
      Exhaust Temperature Post DPF
      Nitrous Oxides Parts Per Millions
      Torque
      Fuel Rate
      Commanded Fuel Pressure Rail B
      Transmission Temperature
      Distance since REGEN
      Diesel Particulate Filter Pressure
      Average Distance between REGENs
      EGR Temperature
      Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Soot
      TCC Solenoid Pressure
      Intake Air Temperature (IAT) 2
      Torque Converter Slip Desired
      Exhaust Pressure
      Fuel Pressure Rail B
      Torque
      Fuel Rail Pressure
      Fuel Rail Pressure TDI
      Fuel Rail Temperature
      Intake Air Temperature (IAT)
      Supercharger Inlet Pressure
      Mass Air Flow (MAF) Frequency
      Injector Phase
      Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) Voltage #2
      Air Charge Temperature (ACT)
      Number of Demanded REGENS
      Number of Successful REGENS
      Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Differential Pressure
      Fuel Rail Pressure
      Torque Converter Slip
      Battery Voltage 6.7
      Fuel Injection Control Module (FICM) Main Voltage
      Battery Voltage
      Barometric Pressure
      Fuel Pressure Rail A
      Commanded Fuel Pressure Rail A
      Fuel Temperature Rail A
      Barometric Pressure 6.7
      Accelerator Pedal Position (APP) 6.7
      Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) 6.7
      Boost (Ford 6.7)
      Intake Air Temperature (IAT) 6.7
      Engine Load 6.7
      Fan Speed Sensor
      Fan Speed Duty Cycle
      Fuel Injection Control Module (FICM) Logic Voltage
      Fuel Injection Control Module (FICM) Vehicle Voltage
      Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Position Desired
      Injector Timing
      Cam/Crank/FICM Sync Status
      Fan Speed Duty Cycle
      Exhaust Backpressure Voltage
      Exhaust Backpressure Duty Cycle
      Mass Fuel desired
      Cumulative Misfires All Cylinders
      Gear Selector Position
      Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Desired
      MAP Raw Voltage
      Boostg (MAP g Boost/Vac gauge)
      Air Conditioning Clutch Status
      Injection Control Pressure (ICP) Desired
      Transmission Desired Line Pressure
      EcoBoost Throttle Input Pressure (TIP)
      Air Conditioning Control (ACC) Switch (end)
      Knock Sensor 1 Volts
      Knock Sensor 2 Volts
      Knock Retard
      Multiple Displacement System (MDS) Status
      Fuel Level
      Oil Pressure
      Throttle Blade Position (TPS)
      Current Gear
      Target Gear
      Transmission Temperature
      Turbine Speed
      Output Speed
      Transmission Oil Temperature
      Input Shaft Speed 1
      Input Shaft Speed 2
      Turbine In Speed
      Truck Selected Gear
      Truck Output Shaft Speed
      Truck Transmission Temperature
      Truck Turbo Speed
      Truck Est Turbo Speed
      Truck Turbo Compressor Outlet Temp
      Truck Turbo Compressor Inlet Temp
      Fuel Pressure Voltage
      Fuel Pressure Regulator (FPR)
      Boost
      Knock Sensor 1 Volts
      Knock Sensor 2 Volts
      Knock Retard
      Oil Pressure
      Transmission Temperature
      Calculated Engine Oil Temperature (EOT)
      Transmission Turbine Speed
      Transmission Output Shaft Speed
      ReGen Filter Load
      ReGen Filter Trigger
      Time Since Last ReGen
      ReGen Status (Parked)
      Total Complete ReGens
      Total Desired ReGens
      Incomplete ReGens
      Trip Complete Regens
      Trip Desired ReGens
      Trip Incomplete ReGens
      5.9 Diesel Transmission Temp
      5.9 Boost(g)
      6.7 Soot Delta Pressure (DPF)
      6.7 Catalytic Converter Inlet Temp EGT #1
      6.7 Catalytic Converter Outlet Temp EGT #3
      6.7 Catalytic Converter NOx Temp EGT #2
      6.7 REGEN DeSoot
      6.7 REGEN DeSOx
      6.7 Time since REGEN started
      6.7 Fuel Pressure
      Knock Fuel Octane
      Knock Short Term
      Knock Long Term
      Intake Air Pressure
      Mass Air Flow (MAF) Temperature
      Common Rail Diesel Boost
      Mass Airflow per Cylinder
      Fuel Temperature
      Engine Oil Temperature (EOT)
      Fuel Rail Pressure
      Exhaust Gas Pressure
      Pre Catalytic Converter EGT Temperature
      Post Catalytic Converter EGT Temperature
      Exhaust Differential Pressure
      Ash Mass Load Common Rail Diesel (DPF)
      Soot Mass (DPF)
      Distance since REGEN
      Particulate Load (DPF)
      LX Steering Angle
      Brake Pressure
      Ignition Total Timing (BETA)
      Knock Corrective Advance (BETA)
      Learned Ignition Timing (BETA)
      Air Fuel Ratio #1 from sensor (BETA)
      Air Fuel Ratio #2 from sensor (BETA)
      Oil Temperature (BETA)
      Boost (PSI/kPa)
      Boost (BAR/hPa)
      Instant Power
      (OEM) WB #1 AFR
      (OEM) WB #2 AFR
      Instant Torque
      Commanded Air/Fuel Ratio (AFR)
      Instant Fuel Economy
      Low Boost (PSI/kPa)
      Low Boost (BAR/hPa)
      Pressure Ratio
      Injection Control Pressure (ICP) from Sensor Voltage
      Exhaust Backpressure (GAUGE)
      Boost (Ford)
      Instant Fuel Economy (Diesel)
      Port #1 Air/Fuel Ratio (AFR) EXTERNAL WB sensor
      Port #1 Lambda EXTERNAL WB sensor
      Port #1 Eq Ratio EXTERNAL WB sensor
      Port #2 Air/Fuel Ratio (AFR) EXTERNAL WB sensor
      Port #2 Lambda EXTERNAL WB sensor
      Port #2 Eq Ratio EXTERNAL WB sensor
      Port #1 External Position Sensor
      Port #2 External Position Sensor
      Port #1 External Pressure Sensor
      Port #2 External Pressure Sensor
      Port #1 External High Temperature Sensor
      Port #2 External High Temperature Sensor
      Port #1 External Voltage Sensor
      Port #2 External Voltage Sensor
      Port #1 External Temperature Sensor
      Port #2 External Temperature Sensor

  • Notes for the PowerStroke folks
    • There’s a lot of info out there and on the DashBoss site/forums but it’s kind of sprinkled around…  In this FAQ list, pay special attention to anything with a Ford or PowerStroke or 6.0 in it… probably applies to you.

      In general, a couple of tips:

      1.  When installing the EGT kit the probe comes with a bunch of fittings/bungs/options.  That’s because it’s sort of “universal” and can be installed in thin walled header tubing OR (in your case) a nice meaty cast iron manifold.  For the PSD, the easiest thing is to drill a hole and tap it in cast iron manifold.  Take look at the video tutorial where Rich walks through his install:
        EGT Install Tutorial HERE
      2. IMPORTANT NOTE ON RICH’S INSTALLATION:  He used an EGT Amp that is kind of a DIY part and experiences some ground loop problems.  THE ONE THAT COMES WITH THE DASHBOSS EGT KIT can be ground either through the connection kit OR to a solid ground in the vehicle and it doesn’t really “care”
      3. The earlier PSD models don’t return a VIN (either don’t respond OR they return total garbage).  Because of that, there are occasional times when you have resync with the vehicle (since we’re “guessing” that it’s a PSD) and this is listed in the FAQs here.  There is an option in the CONFIG section that says FORCE FORD VIN … use that if you are having troubles.
      4. BE SURE TO USE 5V (not 12V) when hooking up the pressure transducer.  You can get 5v off the sensor voltage “rail” that powers all the underhood sensors (like the TPS, EGR, MAF, and so on).
  • Does DashBoss work with the Ford 7.3 PowerStroke
    • Sorry, but the short answer is “nope”.  The long answer is, DashBoss relies on the High Speed CAN network protocol and most domestic manufacturers started phasing that in around 2003.

      Before that, most manufacturers either used their own “brand” of K-line serial OR J1850 SAE protocols, which are slower and less “network friendly”.  As vehicle complexity grew and the need for more bandwidth became apparent, everyone switched to the robust and tolerant CAN standard.  The US govt. stepped in and legislated that all vehicles must be CAN by 2008.

  • External Sensors for PowerStroke
    • The fuel pressure external sensor option consists of:

      TRANSDUCER

      CONNECTION KIT

      FUEL PRESSURE ADAPTER OR FUEL PRESSURE RELOCATION KIT (highly recommended)

      Replace the test port plug in the fuel bowl with the adapter and then either directly screw in the transducer OR install the relocation kit (to remote the transducer away from heat and radiator hose clearance issues).  Run a ** 5 VOLT ** feed to the transducer (usually by tapping into the EGR connector/wire that feeds 5v with KEY ON), ground wire and signal wire to the CONNECTION KIT.

      The Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) Kit is likewise relatively straight forward to get installed and hooked up.  See the previous FAQ about the video for some tips and tricks.  In general though, all you have to do is wire the EGT Amp to 12v switched ignition, and then run the ground and signal wire to the CONNECTION KIT pigtail for one of the ports.  Mount the EGT Probe in the exhaust (recommended to be pre-turbo in the manifold… if cast iron manifold, then drill and tap otherwise, use the included weld in bung for thin wall header.) Both are are relatively easy to hook up and complete instructions are included in the kit (and IN THIS TUTORIAL)

  • I have a Ford PowerStroke 6.0 … what do I need?
    • The PowerStroke is an interesting application because of some of the unique things that a PSD owner will want to monitor vs. someone like a CTS-V owner.  Things like lift pump fuel pressure and Exhaust Gas Temperature can be critical in assuring the maximum performance and longevity for a PDS 6.0, and as such, DashBoss provides options for monitoring those things.  The following list is a good guide to choosing your DashBoss set up:

      1. We offer a POWERSTROKE COMBO BUNDLE that comes with everything described below (and a Roadster), which is a great option if you are looking for a complete “one and done” solution. However, there are times when it makes sense to build your system on piece at a time as necessity dictates, so below is a list of all the components. You can always start with the Complete DashBoss kit and add-on accessories as you find the need!

        NOTE: If you choose the COMBO kit, notice the drop down of options that go with it. If your truck has adequate clearance for the transducer near the radiator hose, the choose the 1st option. If your truck is tight in that area OR you just want the flexibility of being able to mount the sensor where you want, then choose the 2nd option which adds the Fuel Pressure Relocation Kit (and adds the discounted pricing automatically)

      2. DashBoss Complete Kit – this is the heart of the system and comes with everything you need to connect your truck to your iOS device.  The App is downloaded directly from the App Store and is certified and verified directly via the Apple Made For iOS (MFI) program.  This allows you to access all of the parameters that are provided directly from the ECU (see this FAQ for example lists)
      3. EGT Kit – This kit adds the ability to monitor Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) from a remote amp/probe (in the kit).  The readings are configured in the DashBoss App (on the iOS device) and read right along side all of the other readings that directly from the ECU.  This kit involves:
        1. Drilling a hole in your exhaust manifold (typically, since pre-turbo provides better indications of engine health)
        2. Threading in the supplied fitting and Probe (in the kit)
        3. Running the probe wires to the EGT Amplifier (in the kit)
        4. Wiring the EGT Amp to switched 12 volt power, a solid Ground, and wiring the signal wire to the DashBoss Connection Kit pigtail (sold separately)
      4. DashBoss Connection Kit – This consists of a prewired “pigtail” that plugs into the DashBoss Gateway and provides a TWO (2) channel input for add-on accessories
      5. Fuel Pressure Transducer – this is a 0-100 PSI sensor that is used to read the low pressure side of the fuel system (i.e. the lift pump). This sensor requires the Fuel Pressure Sender Adapter to screw into the fuel bowl. To install the transducer, user either adapter or the OPTIONAL relocation kit described below. NOTE: IT IS IMPORTANT TO NEVER USE 12 VOLTS TO POWER THE TRANSDUCER! IT IS A 5 VOLT DEVICE AND YOU NEED TO POWER IT FROM THE SENSOR VOLTAGE RAIL UNDER THE HOOD (usually it powers all the sensors like the EGR, MAF, MAP, etc.).
      6. OPTIONALLY, you can use our Fuel Pressure Relocation Kit (which INCLUDES the adapter as part of the kit) to make sure you get flexibility in mounting the sensor. Some trucks have really tight clearance to the radiator hose (others are fine). The Relocation Kit gives you a couple of fittings (an elbow and a straight fitting) to get the hose routed in a convenient direction, and then you can use the included mounting clamp to secure the sensor in a more solid location (like the fender well or a bracket).

MAZDA


OTHER


WARRANTY/SERVICE/RETURNS/EXCHANGES


  • Service and Warranty Form
  • Warranty
    • Returns, Refunds and Exchanges Policy

      How To Return An Item

      Your item must be in its original unused condition to be returned, unless there is a manufacturer defect. You must return the item within 30 days of your purchase.

      1. Please email support@dashboss.com and fill out the WARRANTY FORM to request a refund and we will provide you with instructions on how to return the item. At times, it may be expeditious to return an item directly to a manufacturer or a testing center instead of returning it to iMiken, LLC. The response to your email will included details on what to do next.

      2. Mail your returned item to the following address (unless RMA instructions are to send it directly to another address):
      iMiken, LLC
      Returns Department
      1851 Misty Creek Ln
      Fort Collins, CO 80524
      United States

      3. Include in your package  the WARRANTY/SERVICE FORM stating the reason for your return and the original receipt. Return Exceptions Merchandise that has been damaged, used, or altered will not be accepted for return or exchange. Merchandise that has been damaged, tampered with, or has obvious signs of abuse will not be accepted for return or exchange.

      4.  Be sure to use adequate postage, appropriate packing material and insurance (if desired) when returning merchandise. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR DAMAGED RETURNS.

      Restocking Fee

      All items are subject to a possible 10-50% restocking fee and this may be deducted from your refund if the items are missing or damaged in your return. We do not refund the original shipping and handling that you paid on the order or pay for return shipping of an item.

      Exchanges

      If your item is in like new condition, you may exchange your item. You will not be subject to a restocking fee in this case, but you still will have to pay return shipping.